Yard Waste

Curbside Collection

Yard waste is required to be completely separated from trash since it is not allowed in the landfill. Yard waste includes grass clippings, branches, sticks, leaves, logs, and plant material. Soil, vegetables/food, rocks and pebbles, treated wood and pet waste must be placed in the trash.

Disposal Requirements

Yard waste may be placed at the curb in the following methods:

  • Paper yard waste bags (purchased at lawn/garden stores)
  • Permanent containers with two handles plainly marked with Yard Waste labels.  Labels are available at the Service & Engineering Department.
  • Bundled tightly with string or twine no longer than 4 ft. in length and no larger than 2ft. in diameter.
  • All bags, cans and bundles must weigh less than 50lbs.
  • Logs and firewood must be less than 10" in diameter, fireplace length, and stacked neatly at the curb in small quantities. If you have a large amount please parse them out, 5 or 6 at a time over several weeks.
  • Large logs and limbs will not be collected.

Christmas Trees

Residents may dispose of Christmas trees and other live greenery by setting them out for the year-round Friday Yard Waste Collections or by bringing them to the Service & Engineering Department (380 Highland Ave. Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM). Since all trash must be separated from yard waste, all decorations including tinsel, ornaments and supporting wire must be removed before setting to the curb. In addition, trees cannot be covered with plastic bags or tarps. Trees left covered will not be picked up. Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut in two pieces. For more information, call the Service & Engineering Department at 431-2425.

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Brush, limbs and other yard waste piled at the curb in any other manner will not be collected nor chipped by the City!

Do-It-Yourself Drop-Off

The Service & Engineering Department offers a free yard waste drop-off for all Worthington residents. Residents may drop off their yard waste weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the last Saturday of each month (March to October) between Noon and 3:00 p.m at the Service yard, 380 Highland Avenue. There are no quantity, size, nor bundling restrictions. Weekdays, please stop in the main office for access to the site. Saturdays, please enter the gate at the north end of the Service & Engineering Building. Residents must show proof of residency.

This drop-off is for residential use ONLY. Residents hiring private contractors to perform work on large tree removals should contact the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) at 871-5100. Drop off is available at Kurtz Brothers at the corner of Westerville Rd. and Dempsey Rd. south of I-270 in Westerville.

Other Options

Residents choosing not to package their yard waste for curbside collection, nor drop it off at the Service & Engineering Department, may hire a private hauler or contractor to remove it. A list of service providers is available in the phone book or through a simple internet search.